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New Acoustic Device Separates Tumor Cells from Blood Cells

August 26, 2014

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Researchers Develop New Way to Separate Cells by Exposing Them to Sound Waves

A team of engineers has developed a new acoustic device that separates tumor cells from blood cells, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through […]

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LLNL Engineers Create New Microscale Energy Absorbing Material

August 25, 2014

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LLNL Researchers Create Engineered Energy Absorbing Material

Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a way to design and fabricate new microscale cushioning materials with a broad range of programmable properties. Materials like solid gels and porous foams are used for padding and cushioning, but each has its own advantages and limitations. Gels are effective as padding but are relatively […]

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A New class of Materials Called Protein Crystalline Frameworks

August 22, 2014

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Researchers Characterized a New Class of Materials

An international team of scientists has characterized a new class of materials called protein crystalline frameworks (PCFs). Thanks to certain helper substances, in PCFs proteins are fixated in a way so as to align themselves symmetrically, forming highly stable crystals. Next, the HZB and Fudan University researchers are planning on looking into how PCFs may […]

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New Camouflage System Automatically Mimics Its Surroundings

August 20, 2014

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New Camouflage Technology Mimics Its Surroundings

A new optoelectronic camouflage system inspired by the skins of cephalopods automatically reads its environment and adapts to mimic its surroundings. It could be a fun party trick – put your cell phone down on a table and watch it fade into the woodwork – or part of a lifesaving technology used by industry or […]

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Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator Creates Solar Energy Without Blocking the View

August 20, 2014

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MSU Develops New Type of Transparent Solar Concentrator

By using small organic molecules that absorb specific nonvisible wavelengths of sunlight, researchers at Michigan State University have developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can create solar energy without blocking the view. A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window […]

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MIT Engineers Recycle Old Batteries Into Solar Cells

August 18, 2014

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Researchers Recycle Old Batteries Into Solar Cells

Engineers at MIT recycle dangerous waste materials from discarded car batteries, revealing that the lead from a single car battery could produce enough solar panels to provide power for 30 households. This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source […]

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Scientists Discover Method of Using Cost-Effective Biocatalysts in Fuel Cells

August 14, 2014

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Using Cost Effective Biocatalysts in Fuel Cells

Scientists at the Center for Electrochemical Sciences and the Max Planck Institute have discovered a way of using cost-effective biocatalysts in fuel cells, a step forward to using hydrogen to generate electricity. In the future, it could be more economical and environmentally friendly to use hydrogen to generate electricity. Scientists at the Center for Electrochemical […]

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Researchers Grow Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Identical Electronic Properties

August 13, 2014

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Scientists Grow Custom Made Nanotubes

Using custom-made organic precursor molecules, researchers have succeeded for the first time in growing single-walled carbon nanotubes with identical electronic properties. In future, it will be possible to specifically equip carbon nanotubes with properties which they need for electronic applications, for example. Researchers at Empa in Dübendorf/Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State […]

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Materials Scientists Turn Metal Into Glass

August 13, 2014

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Engineers Form Monatomic Metallic Glasses

In a newly published study, University of Pittsburgh researchers report an experimental approach to the formation of monatomic metallic glasses through ultrafast liquid quenching. Materials scientists have long sought to form glass from pure, monoatomic metals. Scott X. Mao and colleagues did it. Their paper, “Formation of Monoatomic Metallic Glasses Through Ultrafast Liquid Quenching,” was […]

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Controlled Synthesis of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

August 8, 2014

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Researchers Grow Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

A new study details how researchers from the Max Planck Institute and EMPA succeeded in “growing” single-wall carbon nanotubes with a single predefined structure for the first time. For the first time, researchers at EMPA and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have succeeded in “growing” single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT) with a single […]

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New Material Allows for Ultra-Thin Solar Cells

August 4, 2014

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New Material Allows New Kinds of Solar Cells

By combining two semiconductor materials, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a new material that allows for ultra-thin solar cells. Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality. At the Vienna University of Technology, Thomas Mueller, Marco Furchi and Andreas Pospischil have managed to create a semiconductor structure consisting of […]

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Engineers Develop Surfaces That Can Actively Control How Fluids or Particles Move

August 1, 2014

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MIT Develops Treated Surfaces That Can Actively Control How Fluids Move

Using a microtextured surface, with bumps or ridges just a few micrometers across, engineers have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or […]

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